When you graft the Tree of Religion onto the Tree of Politics, you get a bitter fruit. You can neither eat the fruit of religion or politics. Nixon is the Father of the Movement Conservatism which began with the “Southern Strategy.” Instead of allowing Souther Democrats leaving their party because of civil rights to create an independent party under Wallace (Segregation now and forever) , Nixon gave this racist party moral cover and grafted it into the GOP.
Nixon’s paranoia that some malevolent force (Evil Other) that was out to get him became the Republican Tree…The Tree of Paranoia. We are still eating this bitter fruit today.
Southern Democrats used to be the Solid South in congress, just as if the Civil War had never happened. It was this southern tree that wanted to grow in its own soil that started the civil war. Armed with Jim Crow, it came back after the war and locked up the south in “separate but equal.” The Civil Rights and LBJ ended the Second South. “Any means the the end” Nixon, ceased the moment And changed the Republican Party into an image of himself. Instead of being for inclusion and unity, it became a party for exclusion and division, but because of its religious graft, “divide and conquer” became Biblically sanctified.
Can a tree grafted reverse the graft? It would take a Moral issue that is incompatible with the political morality of the Republican Tree. Is separating children from families, even if they are brown, to be tolerated? At some point. the religious heart will separate from the immoral tree.